Residential building complex (in Kapás street)
Hajnal Építész Iroda Kft.
1027 Budapest, Kapás utca 26–44.
Budapest Award of Architectural Excellence, medal and award certificate, 2005
Zsolt Hajnal divided his building into four blocks and, by expanding the street space, he let the urban life get into these blocks in the traditional form of the cour d’honneur. The proportions of the spatial ‘bays’ are the same as those of the street, and the courtyard space hides beneath them, creating a slightly sloping garden with an incredibly unique magical atmosphere. There is more to it than optimizing a formula consisting of solar exposure, floor area percentage, parking, and circulation system.
In general, the designers of condominiums also have an immeasurable responsibility from an ethical and moral point of view, as the investor’s interest is to sell every square meter, so the architect must ensure that all apartments are habitable. Here the architect designed a house not only beautiful but also ethical. He was able to persuade the investor – maybe on basis of their old, good relationship – to have more courtyard space on the lower two levels of the inverted masses, rather than two poorly illuminated flats. At the street ends of the blocks, two-storey pillars make the ground floor appearance generous, and between these pillars there are service shops. Both the pleasant foyers and the façade are made elegant by a noble choice of material, i.e. sandstone cladding differently colored in each block. The investment has a positive impact on the area. During the construction, the firewalls of the neighboring buildings were renovated with plaster and stone-tile ornaments, and even the windows, which had been opened without permission earlier, were taken into account during the design. The green roofs are made with sufficient soil thickness, appearing as a fresh spot of color in the urban concrete jungle. The architect also managed the financial possibilities well: generous solutions were chosen in the staircase foyers, elegant ones on the street level, while economical solutions were used on the large surfaces of the upper floors.
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